Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program
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Summer 2019 Online Courses
LAC 384A: Hip-Hop and Resistance
GEN. ED: W, N, P
Instructor: Odilka Santiago
Students will explore the early roots of Hip Hop music in the U.S. in the context of growing counter-culture and resistance movements. Originating from Black, Latinx and Caribbean neighborhoods in New York City in the late 1970s/early1980s, Hip Hop was influenced by Latinx and Caribbean beats like bomba, disco, and poetry amidst local and global social and economic crises and an increasingly militarized police force. Among topics discussed in the class will be the relationship between HIp Hop, policing, the drug war, housing displacement, squatting, graffiti and the "right to the city." The course will also trace how Hip Hop has become a globalized expression of the Black, Latinx and Caribbean urban experience across the Americas.
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